Champagne for Caesar (1950)

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Movie Info

This comedy stars Ronald Colman as Beauregard Bottomley, a self-styled genius in need of a job. He applies for a position with a large soap company, but Burnbridge Walters (Vincent Price), the firm's willfully eccentric president, falls into a "trance" while interviewing Beauregard and decides not to give him the job. When Beauregard overhears his sister Gwenn (Barbara Britton) listening to a game show sponsored by Walters' soap company, he discovers the perfect means to get revenge -- each time a contestant answers a question correctly, they double their prize money. Beauregard gets a spot on the show and starts winning -- and doesn't stop. Before long, the company owes him $40 million and Beauregard hasn't even broken a sweat. Beauregard is poised to bankrupt Walters and destroy his company, so the soap tycoon persuades Flame O'Neal (Celeste Holm) to pose as a nurse who will (a) find out if there's anything Beauregard doesn't know, and (b) distract him romantically. While a critical success and something of a cult item, Champagne for Caesar was a box office disappointment on its initial release; Ronald Colman appeared in only two more films before his death eight years later.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Television
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Studio:
Universal Pictures

Cast

Ronald Colman
as Beauregard Bottomley
Celeste Holm
as Flame O'Neill
Vincent Price
as Burnbridge Waters
Barbara Britton
as Gwenn Bottomley
Art Linkletter
as Happy Hogan
Gabriel Heatter
as Announcer
George Fisher
as Announcer
Byron Foulger
as Gerald
Vicki Raaf
as Waters's Secretary
Vici Raaf
as Waters's Secretary
Douglas Evans
as Radio Announcer
Mel Blanc
as Caesar
Lyle Talbot
as Executive
Peter Brocco
as Fortuneteller
George Leigh
as Executive
Jack Daly
as Scratch
John Hart
as Executive
Gordon Nelson
as Lecturer
Herbert C. Lytton
as Chuck Johnson
George Meader
as Mr. Brown
John Eldridge
as Executive
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Critic Reviews for Champagne for Caesar

All Critics (3)

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Full Review… | July 21, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Has a field day spoofing the moronic TV shows sponsored by soap companies.

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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October 13, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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September 5, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Champagne for Caesar

½

Cute comedy but rather thin and not worthy of the talents of the top lined trio. Points however for the audacity to name Celeste's character Flame.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

One of my favourite 50s comedies, especially because of Price's performance, he's hilarious. The story is really clever and funny as well, and Colman is the perfect choice to play the main character. If you're a fan of either of them, I highly recommend checking out this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Synopsis: Genius scholar Beauregard Bottomley has a hard time keeping a job, following a lead for a job with Milady Soap Company is treating poorly and feels disrespected. To exact revenge Bottomley decides to bankrupt Milady Soap by appearing on the Quiz Show it sponsors. PROS: Witty & Fun Clever Wordplay Vincent Price Ronald Colman CONS: Too Happy Ending The Beginning Narrative Somewhat Dated FINAL ANALYSIS: This was a fun screwball comedy. Vincent Price was very funny in this movie as the comic villian playing the eccentric owner of Milady Soap, Bumbridge "Dirty" Waters. Ronald Colman play Beauregard Bottomley, a snobbish scholar, to the hilt. When on screen together Price and Colman played quite well of each other. The rest of the cast did well and certainly added to all the madcap antics. From the Quiz Show host to Bottomley's spinster sister and his own romantic interest, a hired plant by "Dirty" Waters to thwart and sabotage Bottomley's attempts to bankrupt Milady Soap. A fun movie that moves briskly and works well. At times it is very dated, especially in the set pieces. And the all too happy ending was a somewhat bitter pill to swallow and certainly detracted from the film somewhat. A GOOD SCREWBALL COMEDY

Daniel Bautz
Daniel Bautz

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